The Exceptional Parent

Exceptional Parent is a magazine providing practical information and guidance to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. It was founded in 1971 and is published monthly by Psy-Ed Corp.Subjects include disabilities. The editor in chief is Rick Rader.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 3, March

Allowing Families to Be Families: The Academy for Exceptional Learners Was Going to Be a Place Where Every Child Was Assessed Academically and Would Have Their Own IEP
Last year was the first time we introduced Broden to a typical classroom. Since he was two years old, he had spent his days in an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinic. We were fortunate to have a preschool classroom at Grace Lutheran School that...
A Random Act of Kindness: Michael Garcia Is a 45-Year-Old Waiter Who Decided That the Cliche the Customer Is Always Right Was Wrong When He Refused to Serve a Customer Who Made a Discriminating Comment about a Boy with Down Syndrome. and the World Took Notice
At Laurenzo's restaurant in Houston, Texas, a father moved his table down to waiter Michael Garcia's section of the restaurant and decided that he no longer felt comfortable sitting next to five-year-old Milo Castillo, who has Down syndrome. "They...
Braving the Unknown
Famous American author Isaac Asimov once wrote that "the human brain is the most complicated organization of matter that we know." For parents Renee and Jake Thompson of Westborough, Mass., these words resonate on a profoundly personal level. Eleven...
Children's Books That Strengthen Communities and Support Exceptional Families
[Information provided by Watering Can Press] Even in our technology-driven world of laptops and smartphones, there are some things best taught and learned the old-fashioned way-by talking, reading and experiencing things together. It is the reason...
Employment for Adults with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities: In July 2012, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Declared That the Employment of People with Disabilities Is Unfinished Business and Needs to Be a National Priority
"We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." --Margaret Mead There comes a time in our youth when one starts thinking about the job one wants as an adult. As parents, you have those...
Empowerment through Opportunity at Riverbrook Residence
Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts is the quintessential New England village of Stockbridge. Home to America's illustrator Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge was once the summer playground of the rich and famous moguls and literati...
Finding a Connection: Hayden's Third Grade Teacher Told Me That Now He Openly Talks about His Brother and Autism Quite Frequently. It Warms My Heart to See His Best Friend, Jake, Be Supportive of Broden
Hayden's relationship with his brother Broden, who has autism, has evolved over the years. When Hayden was in kindergarten, he started to spend more time with friends on the weekends and after school. It seemed that all of his friends had younger siblings...
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High Fives: The Pearl Behind the High Five Is the Fact That Someone Did What "Seemed like the Thing to Do."
Darn this flu. The thing about the flu that makes it a high priority is its potential potency. Potency, yeah, that's the right word. It can get you a day out of work or school, could end up giving a tag on your toe. It can give you the blahs,...
Letting Go: Parents Sending Students with Intellectual Disabilities to College: Parents Would Benefit from Encouraging Their Children to Make Choices and Decisions for Themselves, and to Feel a Sense of Ownership in Setting Their Own Goals
In the last five years, postsecondary education experiences on college campuses have become viable options for students with intellectual disabilities across the country. With push from national movements like ThinkCollege.net out of the University...
MassMutual and Easter Seals Team Up for Siblings Disability Study: A Recent Study Will Help Easter Seals and MassMutual's SpecialCare(SM) Team of Professionals Reach out to Individuals Who Are Current or Future Caregivers of Their Siblings with Special Needs. the Findings Provide a Better Understanding of the Concerns These Siblings Have and the Challenges They Face
Sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), the Easter Seals Sibling Disability Study survey (1) was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading consumer research company. To offer a comparison of views, two groups of siblings...
Pediatric Hip Dysplasia and Positioning: Hip Dysplasia Is a Delicate Condition. Parents Must Be Fluid in Their Expectations and Remember That the Earlier DDH Is Treated the Better
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a congenital or acquired deformation of the hip joint affecting thousands of children each year. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute states that one out of every 20 full-term babies has some type of...
Population Projections: Overwhelming Number of Children with Disabilities: By 2030, There Will Be Less Than 3.5 Million Children with Disabilities and 25.7 Million Seniors with Disabilities. Specifically by Disabilities, There Will Be Almost 2.5 Million Children with Cognitive Disabilities
Exceptional parents of exceptional E children face numerous challenges. To address these challenges most effectively, parents, clinicians, and researchers must work together to understand the causes of health conditions; in turn, sharing information...
Preventing the Loss of Skills over the Summer: The Selection of Activities Will Depend upon the Age of the Child, the Child's Developmental Level and the Nature of His or Her Disability
"Summer time ... " For many students it conjures up images of warm days, fun in the sun, and a sense of freedom. For others it can mean a loss of routine, structure, boredom, and isolation. For parents it can lead to panic regarding what to do with...
Registries for All: We Need Direct Involvement with the "Science" of Discovering Interventions for Our Disabilities and Diseases by Making Decisions about Who Can Use Our Data, for What Purpose, and When
Exceptional parents of exceptional children face numerous challenges. To address these challenges most effectively, parents, clinicians, and researchers must work together to understand the causes of health conditions; in turn, sharing information...
Silently Seizing: When Parents Are Told Their Child Has Autism, They Need to Ask the Question. Why? Autism Merely Describes a Subset of Presenting Symptoms. We Need to Find out What Is Going on Inside the Brain of Every Child Who Receives the Diagnosis of Autism
As many as fifty percent of children diagnosed with Autism, and possibly more, may be suffering from a silent, difficult to diagnose, seizure disorder. A seizure disorder easily treated with medication. Could this be true for your child on the autism...
Special Learning, Inc. Partners with Integrated Montessori Center
The partneship between the organizations is the first step in a movement toward the development and implementation of a new special education program that will provide thousands of underserved children with the opportunity to receive Western-based...
The Benefits of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies: Research Shows That Individuals of All Ages Who Participate in EAAT Can Experience Physical and Emotional Rewards through the Unique Relationship Formed with the Horse. That, in Turn, Can Lead to Increased Confidence, Mobility and Self-Esteem
Horses have long been associated in our imaginations with heroic tales of knights on horseback and cowboys riding into the sunset. They have a unique ability to connect with humans and we humans react to a horse's energy, strength and perceptiveness....
The Sensory Supported Swimming Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Well-Designed and Implemented Recreation Programs Can Help Children with Autism to Experience the Many Benefits of Engaging in Physical Activity
Participation in physical activity is important for children with disabilities as it can have a positive impact on development, quality of life and future health. However, children with disabilities experience 4.5 times higher rate of physical inactivity...
When Your Child Doesn't Make the Team: Making the Team Is Great. but Not Making the Team Could Be the Start of Something Even Greater!
One of the toughest things a coach has to do is make cuts. Telling someone they didn't make the team is never easy. Some coaches tell kids to their face. Some put up lists of who made the squad. Trust me ... it was never easy and something I dreaded...
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